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Iranian Alert - June 24, 2005 - Ultra Conservative Ahmadinejad Wins (S)election - Europe in crisis!
Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.24.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 06/24/2005 7:24:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Hardliner Scores Landslide Iran Election Win

Excerpt:

By REUTERS

Filed at 9:28 p.m. ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a landslide win in presidential elections on Saturday, spelling a possible end to Iran's fragile social reforms and tentative rapprochement with the West.

Ahmadinejad, 48, received the backing of the religious poor to defeat moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was supported by pro-reform parties and wealthy Iranians fearful of a hardline monopoly on power in the Islamic state.

``The figures show that Ahmadinejad is the winner,'' Interior Ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani told reporters.

He will be Iran's first non-cleric president for 24 years when he takes office in August.

An official at the Guardian Council, which must approve the election results, said that out of 24.8 million voted counted, Ahmadinejad had won 61.7 percent of ballots cast, defying pre-poll predictions of a tight race.

The official said turnout was 26 million, or 56 percent, down on the 63 percent of Iran's 46.7 million eligible voters who cast ballots in an inconclusive first round on June 17.

``It's over, we accept that we've lost,'' a close Rafsanjani aide, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

Although Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the last word on all matters of state, a hardline presidency would remove the moderating influence on decision-making exercised by outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami since 1997.

``This all but closes the door for a breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations,'' said Karim Sadjadpour, Tehran-based analyst for the International Crisis Group.

Washington broke ties with Iran in 1980 and now accuses it of developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism. Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, denies the charges.

``I think Ahmadinejad is less amenable to compromise on the nuclear issue, but it is unclear how much influence he will have on it,'' said Sadjadpour.

DEEP DIVISIONS

Friday's vote exposed deep class divisions in the nation of 67 million people.

A former member of the special forces of Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guards, Ahmadinejad's humble lifestyle and pledges to tackle corruption and redistribute the country's oil wealth appealed to the urban and rural religious poor.

``Today is the beginning of a new political era,'' he said after voting on Friday. ....

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1 posted on 06/24/2005 7:24:08 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 06/24/2005 7:26:00 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
You mean that the hardliner that the Mullahs and Clerics were hoping for actually won? WOW! Didn't expect that! Lucky for the Mad Mullahs!

Unfortunately, unlucky for Iran I suspect!

Things are gonna get ugly over there now!

God bless you all!

3 posted on 06/24/2005 7:39:15 PM PDT by America's Resolve (Liberal Democrats are liars, cheats and thieves with no morals, scruples, ethics or honor!)
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To: America's Resolve; LibreOuMort
You mean that the hardliner that the Mullahs and Clerics were hoping for actually won? WOW! Didn't expect that!

As soon as I saw "more votes than voters" I knew. They learned quickly from Seattle.

4 posted on 06/24/2005 7:56:10 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† || Iran Azadi || <Airbus A380)^: The BIG PIG)
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To: DoctorZIn
Oh, the mullahs are now seers and can manipulate elections, er, pardon me, I mean wish upon a star and get their little puppet elected.

Talk about rigged, voter fraud, and lots of scam, IMHO.

5 posted on 06/24/2005 7:59:18 PM PDT by harpo11 (The Greatest American? GI JOE)
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To: sionnsar

Lol


6 posted on 06/24/2005 8:00:06 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: DoctorZIn

But the election was on the up and up right? No funny business going on there right? Right![ sarcasm]


7 posted on 06/24/2005 8:09:24 PM PDT by Bush gal in LA
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To: Bush gal in LA

Did they have Jimma Carter over there to pronounce its fairness?


8 posted on 06/24/2005 8:34:47 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: harpo11

>>>Talk about rigged, voter fraud, and lots of scam, IMHO.<<<<

Lovely scam, wonderful sca-a-m,
Lovely scam, wonderful S-Scam,
Sca-a-a-a-a-a-a-am,
Sca-a-a-a-a-a-a-am,
SCA-A-A-A-A-A-A-AM,
SCA-A-A-A-A-A-A-AM,
LOVELY SCAM, LOVELY SCAM,
LOVELY SCAM, LOVELY SCAM,
LOVELY SCA-A-A-A-AM...
SCA-AM, SCA-AM, SCA-AM, SCA-A-A-AM!

"I'll have the Scam, Scam, Scam, plagues, and Scam!"


9 posted on 06/24/2005 8:38:22 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: DoctorZIn

Although Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the last word on all matters of state, a hardline presidency would remove the moderating influence on decision-making exercised by outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami since 1997.

Riiiiight.


10 posted on 06/24/2005 9:04:40 PM PDT by Valin (The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.)
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To: LachlanMinnesota
Nah. But they've got Sean Penn, so we can all breathe easier.

Kidding aside, I wish the best for what the freedom fighters are now facing. My prayers will be with you.
11 posted on 06/24/2005 9:07:43 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: DoctorZIn

Whatwas the breakdown of votes for women?

How did the illegal alien vote come out?


12 posted on 06/24/2005 9:10:32 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: DoctorZIn
Oh man ... more voter fraud?
Prayers for our Iranian friends.
13 posted on 06/24/2005 11:17:12 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - L O V E - my attitude problem!)
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To: DoctorZIn

Well, we all knew that another hardliner was going to be put into office. The mullahs saw to that. One of your links above has an Iranian saying that if that happened they were going to leave Iran because it would become so dangerous. It's already been dangerous. I am greatly concerned for the Iranian people, may God help them out of this nightmare somehow. Guess what this election result tells Israel? The clock is ticking quickly now.


14 posted on 06/25/2005 4:18:23 AM PDT by Reborn
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To: LachlanMinnesota

I think you may be being sarcastic, but women have the right (an obligation) to vote in Iran.


15 posted on 06/25/2005 6:13:39 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

I was being sarcastic...I was not aware that theyw ere allowed to vote there, and I am truly surprised! I guess I learn new things each day.


16 posted on 06/25/2005 7:18:11 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: LachlanMinnesota

Well, if that surprised you, then you'd better sit down before you read this (though if you're at your computer, you're probably sitting already)..........women are members of parliament there and, hold on to your seat.........the Iranian gov't is set up to have several vice-presidents (don't know the exact number), and women can and do hold that position.

Surprised?


17 posted on 06/25/2005 7:40:55 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

Sounds likie I need to do some studying, since I am rarely surprised twice in one day...I am truly surprised, and very confused, since I have tended to compare Iranian culture with Arab culture without really separating the two sufficiently. I won't be so glib next time...


18 posted on 06/25/2005 7:49:04 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: LachlanMinnesota

As it has been noted before, Iranians/Persians are neither Arabs nor Muslims. Iran may be officially an Islamic country, but the same number of true believers in Islam in Iran, is about the same number of African-Americans in the U.S. The government is Islamic; the people, in general, are not.


19 posted on 06/25/2005 8:59:30 AM PDT by JWojack (John Bolton for UN Ambassador!)
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To: DoctorZIn

The regime will be collapsed sooner than we expect


20 posted on 06/25/2005 2:57:57 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: DoctorZIn

Iranian students' news web site is filtered in Iran one day after the election!


21 posted on 06/25/2005 3:33:38 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

Two hardline women walk on a U.S. flag in Tehran June 25, 2005. Ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a stunning landslide victory in presidential elections on Saturday and immediately vowed to turn Iran into a strong and exemplary Islamic state. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

22 posted on 06/25/2005 3:39:39 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: harpo11

Why weren't "Jimmah" Carter or any of the other UN observers there to see that this was a fair election? If the UN doesn't send observers and approve the results it can't be a "real" election can it?
/sarcasm off


23 posted on 06/25/2005 4:49:16 PM PDT by kalee
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To: F14 Pilot

"The regime will be collapsed sooner than we expect"

I think you may be right, and I am praying hard that you are right.


24 posted on 06/25/2005 7:28:20 PM PDT by mjaneangels@aolcom
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To: DoctorZIn
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25 posted on 06/25/2005 11:23:53 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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